Glenn Clark may not be looking forward to the tough choices he will soon face, but he also knows it’s a good sign when a coach has to struggle with player personnel decisions.
“From an organizational viewpoint, it’s great,” the Black Wolves’ coach said. “You have decisions to make, but you’ve got more to decide on. But from the personal standpoint, dealing with guys you dealt with last year, it’s going to be some difficult and tough phone calls.”
This past offseason, the Black Wolves added to a roster that posted a 10-8 regular season record before advancing to the East Division Finals of the National Lacrosse League playoffs. As a result, training camp has been extremely competitive.
“Very deep,” Clark said of the roster. “A lot of high-end talent. I said at the beginning (of training camp), we’ve almost got a team and a half, and that’s how it played out. A lot thicker and deeper in terms of talent base than we had last year, for sure.”
New England spent week two of training camp at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in Six Nations, Canada, playing three games. New England opened the weekend with an inter-squad scrimmage in the morning on December 3rd before playing the Buffalo Bandits to a 12-12 tie. The next day, the Black Wolves dropped a 9-8 decision to Rochester.
Training camp will wrap up this weekend, December 10-11th, and the final roster will be decided early next week.
While the final cuts will be tough, Clark is finding that the process of assembling his team is easier in his second season as the head coach of the Black Wolves.
“It’s definitely easier to fill in around the edges,” Clark said. “Last year was a blank slate for all of us really. We were coming in, and we knew some of the players. But you never know them as intimately as when you coach them and see them day in and day out. This year, we had a good idea of what we had, what we were working with, what we wanted to improve on, change, fill-in… So it’s a little easier to put the puzzle together when you already have a familiarity of what is there.”